2019-05-30: News Headlines

unitedEditor (2019-05-30). The Impact of the European Parliament Election on Iran's Foreign Policy. uwidata.com The results of the European Parliamentary elections held earlier this month astonished the world. Nationalist and populist parties rose to unprecedented levels, their dramatic increase in votes showing that European people are looking for more empowered and sovereign governance at home. This approach could profoundly affect Iran, which will have to carefully develop relations with …

Shane Quinn (2019-05-30). Declassified Cold War nuclear plans: U.S. would have blown up half the world. peoplesworld.org On August 30, 1945, Major General Lauris Norstad dispatched a document to his superior, General Leslie Groves, outlining a total of 15 "key Soviet cities" to be struck with U.S. atomic weapons, headed by the capital Moscow. This was followed by another 25 "leading Soviet cities" listed for annihilation, topping this latter group was Leningrad, almost destroyed …

Labor Video Project (2019-05-30). Capitalism, Fukushima, Creative Reconstruction & The History Of Olympics. indybay.org Professor George Wright discusses the history of the Olympics and how privatization and control by the corporations of the world have led to in allowing the Olympics going to Japan and the contaminated Fukushima. The three broken nuclear reactors still have melted nuclear rods which must be cooled with water. He discusses the systemic corruption of the Olympic Committee and how it is now ignored the safety of the athletes and the public.

Harvey Wasserman (2019-05-30). Ohio Stumbles, with a Team Trump Nudge, Toward Nuclear and Coal. progressive.org Defying all laws of competitive economics, climate change, and technological progress, the state House has voted in a ratepayer-funded bailout for two aging nuclear power plants.

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-05-30). How Yesterday Resembles Today: Iran Confronted the US in the Straits of Hormuz in the 1980s. globalresearch.ca "We are going to intercept and stop all oil exports from the (Middle East) region if we are prevented from exporting our oil. We shall take every measure possible to close the Straits of Hormuz. If the US aims — …

James Carroll (2019-05-30). My Pentagon Regret. counterpunch.org Earlier this month, the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group — the massive aircraft carrier itself with its dozens of warplanes and thousands of sailors and marines, a guided missile cruiser, and four destroyers — suddenly began to make its way from the Mediterranean Sea into the Persian Gulf, heading for the waters off Iran. More

Daniel R. DePetris (2019-05-30). Trump's Decision to Arm the Saudis Against Iran Will End in Disaster. globalresearch.ca Developments in the Persian Gulf are heating up, and they are heating up fast. | An additional 1,500 U.S. troops are packing their bags for the region—this on top of an accelerated deployment of an American aircraft carrier battle group and …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-30). Headlines for May 30, 2019. democracynow.org Robert Mueller Says His Report Did Not Exonerate President Trump, Mueller's Public Remarks Stoke Calls for Trump's Impeachment, Israeli Knesset Dissolved as PM Netanyahu Fails to Form Ruling Coalition, Without Evidence, John Bolton Blames Iran for Oil Tanker Sabotage, Louisiana Lawmakers Approve Ban on Most Abortions, Disney May Halt Filming in Georgia If State Abortion Ban Takes Effect, Latin American Rape Survivors Who Were Denied Abortions Appeal to U.N., Argentines Hold One-Day Strike Against IMF-Imposed Austerity, Argentine Lawmakers Consider Bill to Decriminalize Abortion, Honduran Protesters Mobilize Again…

Dr. Michael Brenner (2019-05-30). U.S. Government Seeks NGO Help for Removing Iran from Syria. globalresearch.ca The U.S.Department of State is offering a grant of $75,000,000 to non-government-organizations to help it to further meddle in Syria. | The grant SFOP0005916 — Supporting Local Governance and Civil Society in Syria will go to "Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status …

plenglish (2019-05-30). Jerusalem Belongs to Palestine, Iran's Foreign Minister Says. plenglish.com Tehran, May 30 (Prensa Latina) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Yavad Zarif endorsed in a social message that Jerusalem, Al Quds, belongs to Palestine and no one can give it away or give it to others, news programs reported on Thursday.

Reese Erlich (2019-05-30). Foreign Correspondent: Russian Journalist Vladimir Pozner on Iran, Syria, the United States, and Putin. progressive.org He was well known in the 1980s as an articulate, English-speaking defender of Kremlin policies. Then Vladimir Pozner began describing himself as a "man of the left."

Deirdre Griswold (2019-05-30). Why the imperialists hate Huawei. workers.org The Chinese company Huawei has been targeted by the Donald Trump administration. At Washington's request, Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of the company, last December. The charge? That the company did business with Iran, contrary to U.S. sanctions on that country. Meng, the daughter of Huawei founder . . . | Continue reading Why the imperialists hate Huawei at Workers.org

Mildred German (2019-05-30). Canada's Dumping Problems and The War on Garbage & Toxic Waste. indybay.org Mildred German of CFRO, Vancouver Coop Radio & Media Coop will be interviewing long-time activist Ted Alquitas, the publisher of the PhilippineCanadianNews.com on the issue of Philippines/Canada issues around garbage, and and Miranda Dick, of the Secwepemc nation around the Elders Sacred Fire in Turtle Valley that is currently stopping biosolids from being dumped in Secwepmeculcw.

Miriam Pensack (2019-05-29). Sinking of Russian Nuclear Submarine Known to West Much Earlier Than Stated, NSA Document Indicates. theintercept.com The report about Kursk also stated that the Russian navy did not try to contact the submarine for five hours after explosions that sank it.

Corinna Barnard (2019-05-29). My Pentagon Regret. consortiumnews.com When James Carroll learned that the U.S. was sending B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf he was swamped by memories of one anti-Vietnam war protest in particular. By James Carroll TomDispatch.com Earlier this month, the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group — the massive… Read more →

Middle East Eye (2019-05-29). John Bolton Lands in UAE as Tensions Between the US and Iran Continue. theantimedia.com (MEE) — US National Security Adviser John Bolton has said that attacks on oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) earlier this month were the work of "naval mines almost certainly from Iran". The UAE has not yet blamed anyone for the sabotage of four vessels, including two Saudi tankers, which was followed two …

Whitney Webb (2019-05-29). Bolton Alleges Iran Maritime Sabotage But Evidence Points Elsewhere. mintpressnews.com ABU DHABI, U.A.E. — On Wednesday, National Security Advisor John Bolton told a group of reporters in Abu Dhabi that "naval mines almost certainly from Iran" had been used to conduct the alleged "sabotage" attack on four commercial vessels off the coast of the United Arab Emirates' port of Fujairah earlier this month. "There is no doubt in anybody's mind in Washington who is responsible for this and I think it's important that the leadership in Iran know that w…

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2019-05-29). The Ever Dependable Bully on Embassy Row. counterpunch.org Embassy raided; citizens starved by sanctions; coveted oil resources targeted—again. The United States is still punishing Iran for the 1979 takeover of its 'sacred' premises, its embassy in Tehran. By contrast, when American authorities occupy another nation's embassy there's nothing but approval from its citizens and silent acquiescence by others. I don't know about you, More

James Carroll (2019-05-29). The Regrets of a Former Anti-War Protester. thenation.com The Regrets of a Former Anti-War Protester…

Michael Doliner (2019-05-29). Why War With Iran is Not a Rational Strategy for Saudi Arabia. counterpunch.org The navy of the Former United States has a base in Bahrain, a majority-Shi'ite, Sunni-ruled, state. It is a base first controlled by the British in 1936 when Britain still had an empire. Just above the base is the oil port, Ras Tanura, a facility the United States built during the second World War and More

Democracy Now! (2019-05-28). Headlines for May 28, 2019. democracynow.org Missouri Gov. Signs 8-Week Abortion Ban as Federal Judge Blocks Mississippi Abortion Ban, Judge Blocks Redirecting of Federal Funds to Build Parts of Border Wall, European Parliament Elections See Greens and Far-Right Gain Ground But Pro-EU Parties Retain Majority, Trump Says Regime Change in Iran Not the Goal After Sending 1,500 More Troops to Region, Trump Dismisses North Korean Missile Tests, Welcomes Anti-Biden Comments, Saudi Airstrike in Yemen Kills 12 Civilians, Including 7 Children, Head of Citizenship & Immigration Agency Resigns as Trump Admin Purge Continues, Landmark Oklahoma Opioid Trial Against John…

Lee Fang (2019-05-28). Arms Manufacturers Tell Investors That Iran Tension Fuels Business. theintercept.com Defense executives from around the country crowded into Goldman Sachs' glimmering tower in downtown Manhattan in mid-May, eager to present before a conference of bankers and financial analysts. | While much of the world was on edge over simmering tension in the Middle East, as the U.S. and its allies have stoked tensions with Iran, the businessmen at the conference talked of opportunity. | Eric DeMarco, the president of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, addressed the conference, arguing that his company is "very well-aligned" for the shift in the military budget away from asymmetrical fighting toward nation-st…

unitedEditor (2019-05-28). EU elections, Theresa May resigns, Iran VS US. uwidata.com European Parliament elections The elections for the European parliament took place this weekend. According to the results, the European People's Party won 179 seats, and the EP's second largest faction, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, won 150. The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe came in third with 107 mandates, followed by …

Vijay Prashad (2019-05-28). Does Iran's economic fate depend on a lifeline from China? mronline.org China has increased its oil purchases from Saudi Arabia by 43 percent in April. There is every indication that China will continue to increase its buys from the kingdom during the course of this year—to substitute for Iranian oil and, perhaps, for U.S. oil. | Source

Democracy Now! (2019-05-27). Chomsky: Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change & the Undermining of Democracy Threaten Future of Planet. democracynow.org As President Trump pulls out of key nuclear agreements with Russia and moves to expand the U.S. nuclear arsenal, Noam Chomsky looks at how the threat of nuclear war remains one of the most pressing issues facing mankind. In a speech at the Old South Church in Boston, Chomsky also discusses the threat of climate change and the undermining of democracy across the globe.

unitedEditor (2019-05-27). Iran`s nonaggression pact for Gulf cooperation council: who will say `yes`? uwidata.com Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has come up with a proposal for the Persian Gulf states to sign a nonaggression pact in the wake of mounting tensions in the region. He voiced this initiative in Baghdad on May 25 as he met with the Iraqi Foreign Minister, Mohamed Ali al-Hakim. He also stressed Teheran's …

Staff (2019-05-26). Iran Economic Sanctions Cost Lives. therealnews.com The Trump administration's illegal economic sanctions against Iran reduce access to essential medicines, according to UN experts and interview with CEPR's Mark Weisbrot…

Ben Norton (2019-05-25). Bipartisan thirst for more war: 75% of Congress calls on Trump to boost intervention in Syria, to 'pressure' Iran and Russia. thegrayzone.com While Trump threatens Iran and Venezuela with new wars, 400 Congress members, including leaders from both parties, want to intensify…

susan_p (2019-05-24). Why does Washington hate Iran? greenleft.org.au In recent weeks the United States has sent the USS Abraham Lincoln, B-52 bombers, a Patriot missile interceptor battery and more naval firepower into the Persian Gulf in an escalation of military threats against Iran. | Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced in May that the Pentagon had plans to send 120,000 troops in the event that Iran attacked American forces in the Middle East, or if Iran resumed work that could lead to nuclear weapons. | In April, US President Donald Trump's administration designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, part of Iran's armed forces, as a "terrorist group". | The US…

CGTN America (2019-05-24). Why the Iran deal failed. cgtn.com In this podcast we talk about why the Iran deal failed with John Sitilides, a geopolitical strategist and consultant to the U.S. State Department and Barbara Slavin, the director of the Atlantic Council's Future of Iran Initiative.

Joyce Chediac (2019-05-16). Iran war crisis: What's really going on? liberationnews.org It's time to get the U.S. military out of the Middle East, leave the people there to determine their own lives, and use the money instead to meet human needs at home.

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-05-07). Iran's Reduced Compliance with Nuclear Accord Should be Met with Good-Faith Diplomacy, Not Escalation. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — May 7, 2019 — In response to reports that Iran will announce a reduction in its compliance with the Iran Nuclear Agreement on May 8, the one-year anniversary of the Trump administration's unilateral withdrawal from the agreement, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the …

CounterSpin (2019-04-26). Tina Vasquez on Covering Immigration, Sina Toossi on Iran Sanctions. fair.org Media…

Lilly Dragnev (2019-04-19). As Trump Angles for War with Iran, Congress Needs to Reassert its War Powers. peaceaction.org It's no news that the U.S.-Iran relationship has taken a turn for the worse under President Trump's leadership. Employing a strategy straight out of the Bush administration's Iraq War playbook, the Trump administration has advanced misleading, demonizing narratives about Iran from day one, laying the rhetorical groundwork for another catastrophic war of choice in the …